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Ask the Author (Almost) Anything: Josephine Angelini, author of the Starcrossed series

Teenscape Department, Central Library,
Part of the Los Angeles Teen Book Fest Sign

Josephine Angelini will be at Teen Book Fest on Saturday, October 12 on the Classically Inspired panel in Teen’Scape at 11am and on What We Talk About When We Talk About Love in Teen’Scape at 3pm. She will be signing copies of Starcrossed at 12pm and 4pm in Meeting Room B.

The picture of author Josephine AngeliniStarcrossed, Dreamless, and Goddess make up this epic trilogy inspired by Greek mythology about a girl named Helen who uncovers the truth about her lineage and discovers she is destined to start a modern Trojan War. And her complicated feelings for Lucas, a boy she’s both drawn to and repelled by, don’t make things any easier.

We talked to Josie about Greek mythology and the book she was forced to read in high school that she wound up loving. As it turns out, there is a decidedly nautical theme to her answers.

1. If you suddenly found yourself dropped into the middle of a story from Greek mythology, which one would it be? And who would you be in it?

I would probably end up in something nautical--mostly because I'm a terrible swimmer and that would be just my luck. I'm thinking I would be out with Odysseus, trying to get back home after the Trojan war, but perpetually thwarted by the gods. Unfortunately for me, I probably wouldn't have made it out of the Cyclopes' cave. I'd have been eaten.

Book cover of STARCROSSED by Josephine Angelini2. What makes you laugh the loudest?

Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

3. What book were you forced to read in school that you were surprised you enjoyed?

I ended up really loving Moby Dick. Keep in mind, I skipped the chapters where they were dissecting whales. I couldn't keep my lunch down during those chapters, but overall I ended up absolutely loving that book. Surprise, surprise.

4. What are one or two books that inspired you when you were a teen?

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. It totally changed my life when I read it. I would recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy.


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